Kimi Raikkonen says he won't get too disheartened by finishing only ninth in the Italian Grand Prix despite having a clean race.

Ferrari had a poor home race with Raikkonen scoring just two points - having finished tenth on track before Kevin Magnussen's penalty - and Fernando Alonso retiring. However, with Raikkonen's result coming two weeks after a strong fourth place in Belgium he said he was hopeful that the lack of competitiveness is a one-off.

"We knew that this place was going to be difficult because of the long straights," Raikkonen said. "Obviously we hoped to have a better race and better results for the team, for the fans, but there was no real issues and this is where we ended up. I'm expecting to be in more forward positions in the next races, so hopefully that's the case."

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Asked if there were any problems with his car during the race, Raikkonen replied: "No problems.

"I think the balance was OK but it was the grip and the speed really letting us down. We could get close to people but when we try to follow people closely we lose so much downforce and the car gets so loose it's very tricky to try to pass them.

"Anyhow, the speed in a straight line is not where we want and it's a bit difficult from that side already. Then once you're close and try to get good speed out of the corner it gets tricky as well so that's what it was really."


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Being a Kimi fan these days is just too stressful emotionally. The highs and lows are too extreme, I may have to break up with him.